I. The Trial
Chapter 12, Alice's Evidence What do you know about this business? the King said to Alice Nothing, said Alice Nothing whatever? persisted the King Nothing whatever, said Alice That's very important, the King said, turning to the jury They were just beginning to write this down on their slates When the White Rabbit interrupted Unimportant, Your Majesty means, of course He said in a very respectful tone But frowning and making faces at him as he spoke Unimportant, of course, I meant, the King hastily said And went on to himself in an undertone Important unimportant unimportant important As if he were trying out which word sounded best Some of the jury wrote it down important, and some unimportant Alice could see this, as she was near enough to look over their slates But it doesn't matter a bit, she thought to herself At this moment the King Who had been for some time busily writing in his notebook, called out Silence! And read out from his book, Rule forty-two All persons more than a mile high to leave the court Everybody looked at Alice I'm not a mile high, said Alice You are, said the King Nearly two miles high, added the Queen
Written by: Lewis Carroll
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